Campaign victory as plan is revealed

Well Field Allotment Society show
Well Field Allotment Society show

Allotment campaigners are celebrating after council chiefs announced they would be looking at providing more growing space in the town.

Last year the Mercury joined Matlock gardeners in their battle to obtain more plots – and this week we are marking a victory for our appeal.

Well Field Allotment Society's show.

Well Field Allotment Society's show.

Derbyshire County Council is looking at plans to convert land close to the car park at County Hall in to allotments.

The news was revealed at the Well Field Allotment Society show, where the plans were on display, by Cllr Barry Lewis,

Dave Goodridge of the society said: “I think the Mercury campaign has been very helpful in giving us a voice to address the need for more allotments.

“I think it has been instrumental in helping much of this happen and of changing the attitudes of councillors.”

He added: “Cllr Lewis presented the prizes at the show and had some positive things to say about county council’s attitude to allotments and the flagship project they are working on with us.”

Matlock Town Council is also exploring the possibility of taking over an acre of land in Lumsdale, from the county council, to use for allotments.

The project is still in its early stages but sites of land have been identified around Matlock, which could be turned in to plots.

A spokesman for the county council said: “We are hoping to hand over parcels of land suitable for allotments to local allotment societies across Derbyshire. We are currently in discussions with Well Field Allotment Society about a small piece of land near the County Hall car park.”

The society’s show proved to be a great success with a display of harvest produce from the allotments on show as well as a art, crafts and local produce.

The best allotment trophies went to Leanne Godwin and Robert Maddox.

Mr Goodridge said: “This has been a challenging year for growing with a very warm, dry spring and cool summer to follow but the standard of entries reflected the hard work and horticultural skill of Matlock’s growers – including many younger people who are getting the bug.”